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Place du Tertre

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  • Day5

    Montmarte

    August 21 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Began with an early breakfast, always the first to breakfast. I think we are going by our tour 4 years ago! Slow start to Montmarte.

    I have been teaching Paris train travel lessons on a daily basis here to my fellow traveller and today, after 4 days, my only student graduated. She was very pleased with her ability. And so was I. However, had she not been able to find her way back then tough shit baby, I was in the Louvre xxx.

    For Montmarte we got off at Abeyss station, per advice from services. Wrong answer!! We should have got off at Sacre Couer. Our trail would have all been downhill. But it was all uphill you twit! Steep uphill steps forever! Whaaaat! This was not my plan. Luckily at the top, after 50 thousand steps lay the Place duTertre. This is the artists square. Portraits, scenes of Paris, famous icons.

    I have wanted to visit here ever since I read a golden book called `Gay Paree` when I was 6 years old. It did not disappoint. I loved the buildings, the hillside views. I bought x 2 paintings. Miniature Sacre Cour and Moulin Rouge. They represent where I bought them. The artist himself lit up with a beautiful smile when he witnessed me returning to his little stall with money in hand.

    I used Google maps to navigate around the cobblestone lanes to points of interest to me.

    Came across the cafe used in the film Amelie. Then to Moulin Rouge. Just the outside.

    Athena said to me at the end, Sandra you have a passion for Paris that I have never seen in anyone before. You just love everything this city has to offer- art, gardens, architecture, music, food, police.
    My answer was yes indeed I do as I marched off to explore the Louvre all by myself!

    (Obviously I asked Athena if she was OK to get to our hotel. To which she replied yes, and for the first time I believed she could actually do it on her own)
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  • Day12

    Living in Paris

    September 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    My friend Helen reminded me that when I came back from Paris in 1991 that I said I didn't enjoy it much becuase it was so dirty. Well, that is no longer the case and Paris is immaculately clean. One of the interesting things about staying in an AirBnB is that you get to experience the real living (well close to) of a local. Our apartment was on the 3rd floor, windy steps, no lift, in a narrow street, so the echo of the sounds in the street at night is one of the charms of the place. What we also noticed was the sounds of the rubbish being collected every night! Our street was in the district where the tissus (fabrics) were sold, so there was also the sounds of the vendors placing their rolls of material away each night.

    Our AirBnB itself was on two levels and quite spacious. The sloping ceilings were a bit of a hazard to the head - ancient residents of Paris must have all been quite short!
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  • Day12

    Paris - Passages and Galleries

    September 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    One sight I was really looking forward to was the covered Passages of Paris. There are only about 20 or so remaining - glass covered arcades dating back for the most part to the 19th century, each with their own unique characteristics. Some where more well preserved than others, but each was fabulous in its own way. The shops inside were also wonderful, including one that only sold umbrellas/parasols and walking sticks! One passage in particular had mosaic floor tiles which were worn and uneven and just lovely. I think we went through 5 or 6 passages all up.

    Which brings us to Galleries Lafayette - OMG David Jones, eat your heart out. The French just know how to do stuff on a spectacular scale! I did have some delusional thought early on of needing to buy Kate a singlet. Hmmm, don't think a children's department consisting of Dolce and Gabbana, Armani, Gucci and the like, is likely to stock the humble Chesty Bond singlet in white! The interior to this building is a feast for the eyes. It is hard to see how you could get tired of working in this building really.
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  • Day3

    Place du Terte, Paris

    September 1, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Not too far from the Sacre Coeur Basilica is Place du Terte. This was recommended in a few online travel guides but I do think it is now too touristy - yes, an ironic statement coming from a tourist. It is a public square known for its many street artists and Renoir, Dali, Van Gogh all lived in apartments and honed their skills as artists here.

    While it was nice for a quick walk around and I did enjoy some of the 'works' on the surrounding walls and alleys, it isn't somewhere I would say is a "must do" in Paris.
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  • Day26

    Montmartre

    September 18, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today is my last day in Paris. Of course you can always stay somewhere longer but I think this has been the perfect length for me at this time.

    Sacre-Corur is the Basillica. It is a beautiful cathedral. It's at the top of a hill overlooking Paris.

    I took the funicular to the top of the hill. It was quite overcast so the views weren't great.

    The longest lines are always for security.
    Mass was being celebrated inside. It continued for about 15 minutes. Tourists were still able to walk around the edge of the cathedral. I stood with the congregation until mass was finished and then sat.

    I know God is everywhere but I do like the mood being in such surroundings produces.
    This carthedral has clean lines, the decoration is not as ornate as I had expected. I like the simpler designs.

    After about an hour I made my way to Montmarte square. There are artists painting and selling their paintings as well as doing portraits.

    I had lunch in the square. The two french dishes I had wanted to try while in France were croque monsier and an omlette.
    The restaurant I chose had omlettes on the menu. They also had frogs legs! So I had both.
    The frogs legs were okay. The were dusted in flour, fried and served with a tomato garlic mix. There is a lot of bones, more than chicken wings. I gave up trying to use a knife and fork and used my fingers.
    The omlette fines herbs was nice but I suspect it contained a lot of butter.
    I gradually made my way down the bottom of the hill.

    At all the tourist spots thetr are people selling cheap souvenirs outside the entrances. Everything is one euro. It is obviously illegal as I saw them scatter at the Eiffel tower when the police turned up. They don't hassle people, just calling one euro, one euro, one euro. On my first day, which was quite hot I bought water from one of them.
    I didn't really like seeing them at the Basillica, they were at the top but not inside the grounds.

    At the bottom of the hill there were also men playing the shell game - where there is a ball under one of three cups and you have to guess which cup. People were gambling €50. Each time I watched I was able to correctly pick the cup with the ball under it but the people handing over the money always guessed incorrectly. So I'm not sure how it is meant to work but I didn't play.

    As well as a strong police presence wherever I have been, the army has also been around. They patrol in groups of four and it is a reminder that France is under a state of emergency.

    The only other place I really wanted to see was Bastille square. Once I got there I wasn't sure why. It is just a square, not even a pretty one by French standards. So I made my way down to the river.
    I sat and watched the boats and people. A nice way to finish my time in Paris.

    Photos
    Basillica
    Main dome of the Basillica
    Montmarte
    Omelette fines herbs
    Basin de l'Arsenal - leading from Bastlle square to the Seine
    Notre Dame cathedral from the river
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  • Day3

    Paris Layover: Ça caille (it's freezing)

    December 19, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌫 3 °C

    I got into Paris at 630am after only about 3 hours sleep. With 13 hours before my flight to Sweden I decided to hit up Paris and explore!
    I managed to buy a ticket and find the RER train into the city. I grabbed a croissant and un café straight away and walked along on the cobblestones through the mist and 2 degree weather.
    I met up with a pen pal Zaki who bought me some macaroons as a gift. We walked to Notre Dame, I tried a vin chaud (mulled wine), we went to the beautiful Sacrè Coer and walked the streets of Montmarte. We had crepes for lunch. Before heading back to the airport we went to look at the Moulin Rouge and shared some grillé marrons (roasted chestnuts).
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  • Day5

    S: Strollin' the Montmartre

    March 18, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Always wanted to go back here after our first trip in 2012. Due to time restraints, we were only able to see the church and little of its surroundings. Third time's the charm as we finally went and explored more of the streets of its neighbourhood all while it snowed. Once again, we were probably the only ones happy to have seen it with the specks of magic 😍.Read more

  • Day11

    Epic day!!

    September 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Yesterday we went to the LOUVRE it had so much detail and statues, my favourite bit was the MONA LISA. It was small and so many people crowed around it. After having lunch (sandwich) we walked to the ARC DE TRIOMPHE, it was big and the arch was so smooth. It was built because the French people wanted a symbol for a victory of the French Army. After that we walked to the EIFFEL TOWER. We took an elevator to the top of the tower and it was tall and the bars were strong it feels like we were going to fall down for ever. At the top it was scary 350-400m in the air. We took a train home, all our feet were boiling.Read more

  • Day6

    Piekniek by die Sacré Coeur

    September 26, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nog 'n piekniek in die mooi stad. Dis nogal lekker om die plaaslikes te sien met dieselfde gedagte as ons, hulle kom eenvoudig met 'n bottel wyn en 'n baguette onder die arm daar aan en hou piekniek terwyl hulle die son sien sak oor hulle pragtige stad.

    Ons het ook besef hoekom al die parkies in die stad mooi bly en nie oorval word deur daklose mense nie. 20H30 die aand kom die polisie in en jaag almal vriendelik weg voor hulle die parke sluit.

    Soos in Suid Afrika en alle ander groot stede is dak loses verseker 'n groot probleem maar hier word dit goed gepolisieer en laat hulle nie toe dat dit die pragtige landmerke beïnvloed nie.

    {Roedolf}
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